It’s been a big six months for Breitling. They were purchased by CVC Capital Partners, ending the family ownership of the Swiss brand. Pretty soon afterwards the brand employed a new management team which included former IWC boss, Georges Kern.
This may not mean much to the common man, but it means big things for the brand. Georges is the type of man who always gets what he wants. In this case, it was a new direction for Breitling.
The first launch under his guidance is the new Breitling Navitimer 8. What’s immediately apparent is he’s taken design inspiration from his previous employer. More classic design cues mixed with military heritage will ensure the brand begins to appeal to a more gentlemanly audience.
The Navitimer 8 is a 43mm chronograph designed with pilots in mind. It remains true to the Navitimer family design and gives a slight nod to Breitling’s heritage pieces. It comes with Breitling’s certified B01 in-house movement and has a 70-hour power reserve. It will be available in May/June 2018 for roughly AU$10,000.